Elections

  • Meet the 'Legendary President' of Kosovo's New Satirical Political Party

    Visar Arifaj and his team have made campaign promises to legalize corruption, outlaw serious diseases, build universities in every neighborhood, and rename an old clock tower in Pristina after Rita Ora, Kosovo's most famous export.

  • Thug Police and a Corrupt Regime Ensured Azerbaijan's Election Went Smoothly

    Last week, Azerbaijan held a presidential election. To the surprise of absolutely no one, incumbent President Ilham Aliyev was elected for a third term, with 85 percent of the vote. The closest and essentially only opposing candidate, 61-year-old...

  • Robert Mugabe Won the Zimbabwe Elections, Again

    The list of rigging tactics seems to be endless, and Tsvangirai has compiled a pretty strong case, which he is preparing to take to court to fight for a re-election. His doubts about Mugabe's "win" are shared by many members of the international and...

  • The 2016 Presidential Campaign Has Begun, God Help Us All

    Super PACs are already forming, and there's even a Republican-produced anti–Hillary Clinton campaign ad going around. I can’t wait for the microscopic arguments that will spill over from blogs to Facebook and Twitter and probably result in some hi...

  • The Greek Government Tried and Failed to Close Their PBS

    On Tuesday, it was announced that the ERT—Greece's public television network—would be closed down as part of austerity measures the country agreed to when it was bailed out in 2010. Soon after the announcement was made, laid-off workers returned to...

  • I Spoke to a Rejected Iranian Presidential Candidate

    In a couple of weeks, Iranians will go to the polls to choose a replacement for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. There’s no reason to think this election will be transparent. To get an insider’s view, I called Hooshang Amirahmadi, one of the candidates...

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  • Robert Mugabe Is Having a Tantrum Again

    Zimbabwe is about to hold its first presidential election since a new constitution was passed last month. As part of the reforms, Zimbabwean leaders will now only be able to hold the presidency for a maximum of two five-year terms, as opposed to...

  • Moustaches for Maduro: Venezuela Elects Chavez’s Successor

    Outside the Miraflores presidential palace late on Sunday night, Roman Schuello, 59, stood among the partying red-clad government supporters and sold them fake moustaches that looked like Nicolás Maduro’s. Hours earlier Maduro won Venezuela’s...

  • Looking at Modern-Day Iran Through the Eyes of an Exile

    At 21 years old, instead of shotgunning beers and flirting with the idea of a career in bedroom production, Hesam Misaghi was riding a horse through a mountain pass with a bunch of smugglers who were trying to help him escape Iran.

  • What the Other Green Party's Election Night Wins Mean

    Colorado and Washington are about to get a whole lot higher.

  • On the Road with Obama and Romney - Part 3

    I'd been asked to go see the vice presidential debates in person. Center College, where they were held, is close enough to Cincinnati to appeal to the freshman planning to drive home every weekend, and the thought was that I was already in the...

  • Chavez Has Six More Years in Power

    This past Sunday, amid a political climate so polarized that it makes Romney and Obama look like sexed up newlyweds, Venezuela celebrated their presidential elections. Hugo Chavez beat opposition candidate Henrique Capriles, giving him another six...